Zoo launches campaign to save animals.


Byline: Brittiny Edwards brittiny.edwards@news-mail.com.au

AFTER disclosing their financial struggles on Monday, Snakes Downunder Reptile Park and Zoo is hoping the community will support its new adopt-an-animal campaign to help assist with costs while the zoo is closed.

Snakes Downunder closed in late March due to coronavirus social distancing laws and owner Ian Jenkins said the situation was getting dire and they needed assistance to afford the costs associated with animal care.

He said he welcomed the Federal Government's new $95.6 million support package for zoos which was announced yesterday, but said they still needed help now.

"While we are very appreciative of the Federal Government's new funding package for zoos and aquariums, it may take time for that to kick in," Mr Jenkins said.

The government's support package will allow eligible exhibiting zoos and aquariums to have access to a grant that contributes towards up to six months of animal welfare operating costs.

This includes animal feed, enclosure, health and other specialised care expenses, and utilities directly related to the housing and caring for animals.

Mr Jenkins said he hoped visitors of his zoo and animal lovers alike would adopt an animal to support the zoo's running costs in the interim.

"Any help from our zoo followers would be greatly appreciated," he said. "We've got some fantastic species around and some quite charismatic individuals within the groups of animals we've got here, so we thought it might be fun to offer them up for adoption to see if the public might be able to support them." Member for Burnett Stephen Bennett said the zoo was...

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